Finally back to the Hilltop! We get to see what has happened to Maggie and Sasha. I’m so happy to see Jesus again….not so happy to see Gregory, however. The Saviors prove to be relentless with not only Rick and Alexandria, but with Gregory and the Hilltop as well. This was an interesting episode, delving into the dynamics of power, not only in the apocalypse in general, but also when it comes to facing a dominant opponent. Here are my top 5 moments from “Go Getters.”
5. The Saviors
It seems that the Saviors are relentless in their pursuit of complete and total domination and placing fear in the hearts of all that they encounter. In the middle of the night, they break the gate of the Hilltop, start a couple of fires, send in a car blaring some eerie music, attracting a lot of walkers. The Saviors know that the Hilltoppers were partly responsible for Rick and his crew taking out all of the people at the Savior outpost. They inform Gregory that Rick and Alexandria now work for Negan and the Saviors.
It’s very interesting to watch not only Negan but his minions as well, instill fear and dominance over everyone they encounter. They talk just like Negan, pretending that they are providing a service to the Hilltop, acting like it’s a favor that they are only taking half of their stuff. These guys are intense. There are a lot of them. This structure of power is going to be very difficult to take down.
Gregory is a coward. He’s an absolutely terrible person. Maggie wakes up at the Hilltop. She was taken care of by the doctor there. Sasha has buried the bodies of Abraham and Glenn. When Gregory finds out, he’s furious that Maggie and Sasha are there. He’s upset that they buried their dead. He literally kneels for the Saviors. He was going to give up Maggie and Sasha to the Saviors. When he spies the fires and walkers out in his community, he does nothing. He stands still in fear. He is the worst person and completely unfit to hold the title of “leader.”
I usually don’t care much about Enid and her story, but this episode was different. I thought that her emotional and physical journey in this episode was great. She leaves Alexandria to go find Maggie. Enid really needs to know that Maggie is ok.
Carl catches up with her, to “save” her from a walker (I think she probably could’ve managed). They continue on to the Hilltop together. I love that they find the roller-skates and have a good time. It’s so great to see these two smile and laugh and genuinely have a good time. They hold hands. When they finally make it to the Hilltop, Carl gives her a kiss on the forehead, which is adorable and they finally actually kiss each other. It’s cute. I’m glad to see them happy, but people aren’t really allowed to be happy in the apocalypse. This may spell trouble for one of them.
Finally, Enid is at the Hilltop. She finds Glenn’s (or rather Abraham’s) grave. She puts the green balloons there to mark it. She finds Maggie and eventually Sasha. These three share a moment in their little trailer while having dinner. In what I consider a pretty big gesture, Maggie hands Glenn’s/Herschel’s pocket watch to Enid.
2. Green flowers and green balloons
While Maggie and Sasha are standing by the graves of Glenn and Abraham, Jesus comes by and puts new flowers on their graves. They are green flowers and he tells Maggie that green symbolizes release. It’s so great to see Jesus not just bringing flowers out there, but they are fresh flowers to replace ones that were already there. I don’t know why that matters to me, but it made me happy.
Enid comes along at the end of the episode with her green balloons and places them there to mark Glenn’s (or Abraham’s) grave. I love that the “green” symbol from the flowers comes back with the green balloons. But it’s such a great moment with Enid and her green balloons for Glenn.
1. Maggie Rhee
Maggie has lost Glenn. She has been hurt, but she has not lost her baby. She and Sasha made it to the Hilltop and she got help from their doctor. When she wakes up, she finds out that Sasha has buried both Glenn and Abraham. Sasha took the pocket watch out of Glenn’s pocket. This was such a great and heartbreaking moment because it was originally Herschel’s watch.
What I love about Maggie in this episode is that even though she’s been knocked down time and time again, she has gotten back up. When the walkers invade, she doesn’t take it lying down. She goes out and fires up the tractor, taking down some walkers in her path and runs right over the car blaring the music.
When Gregory continues to be a completely terrible person, she stands up to him….and punches him in the face. She stands tall and tells him her name is Maggie Rhee. It brought a little tear to my eye.
She is strong. She is a leader. And I can’t wait to see her take control of the Hilltop.